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We get the story of Crunch and Mikey...the druggie and the loner she meets on the run, Steve and Jane...the happily married couple who suffer such tragedy when they just want to get away for a while, J.D. and his family...the man who loved Amy and his son Ben and whose story broke my heart and was probably the most upsetting for me to read.
I was just so involved with everyone and their horrible plights...I honestly don't know how "I" would have survived if all of a sudden my world was turned upside down and the "Z" invasion was here...but this book made sense and showed how strong all of these people were to have made it as far as they did.
Be sure to read Odium after this one as it will just blow your mind if you love books about the end of the world as we know it!
***** 5 ***** "pray for all of their souls" stars
One of the most surprising characters stories was the first entry in Odium Origin: Crunch’s background. The story itself wasn’t surprising to me; I expected as much about Crunch. Frankly, I loathed her in Odium. What surprised me is, as much as I fought the feeling, I ended up feeling sympathy for her. I find the mark of a skilled writer is the ability to cause a paradigm shift in unwilling consumers. I still dislike Crunch, but I can’t find it in myself to loathe her anymore, because underneath all the bluster and anger, is a scared girl with lost promise that wants a kind word and a look of recognition from a parent. I was also glad to get the backstory on the Crunch & Mikey relationship dynamic; it’s easy to see how it deteriorated, but there are also hints that Crunch was feeling something beyond the casual tête-à-tête.
Duncan’s story is a disturbing look at human response to extreme circumstances, a reminder that the mild-mannered business man can do the unspeakable in pursuit of survival. One thing about an honest man: the truth of past actions will haunt. Steve and Jane give you another look at personalities and how they determine response: a laid back couple, encountering the strange, the dangerous- head for the hills and bunker down in each other’s arms, fortifying for safety, survival and trying to forget the plight of the world beyond the camper.
I have a new-found appreciation for JD; the story Riley has crafted in Odium Origins for him is tragic and painful, but JD is a protector and even when he fails to save that which is most precious to protect, he finds the will to move on and the determination to protect others despite his great losses.
Odium Origins is a wonderful companion set of stories to Odium. Read it before, after or simultaneously with its parent book; you won’t be disappointed.
Boy, was I wrong.
This novella was outstanding! It makes me want to read Odium and Nina's Story all over again! This one is a page turner, with non-stop action. It's the "meat" of everyone's story and how they all fared when the outbreak occurred. You get snippets of each character's story in Odium, but in Origins you get all your curiosities answered.
Crunch was my favorite character in this collection, until I read JD's story in Origins. And now I want him to have his own book! Ahhh... the hero.
The writing is superb, by far some of Riley's best work. The pace, the visualizations, the action, and the voices were clear, concise, and kept me on my toes throughout.
Loved Loved Loved this.
I'm very impressed with the writing, descriptions, and characters; so much so that I'm now looking forward to reading Odium. One caveat to potential readers: if you are easily offended by swear words, then you may find yourself uncomfortable through the first set of characters and the first several pages. This isn't an issue for me, as I found the dialogue to be in line with the individuals who were speaking.
As an avid reader, I like a book that keeps my interest and brings me back for more. I began reading this book last night, and finished it today. More often than not, I'm able to set a book down while I do other things; this one had me breaking out the stand for my Kindle so I could continue reading while I went about other tasks. That's saying something for the writing.
Claire, thank you for an enjoyable read! Please, keep writing!!!